Santa Ynez Waterfall Trail – Trails – Los Angeles County

Topanga State Park

Pacific Palisades Trailhead

Hiking Distance: 2.7 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 1.5 Hours Configuration: Out-And-Back Elevation Gain: 300 Feet Difficulty: Easy Exposure: Forested Dogs: Not Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Topanga Topanga State Park Map Tom Harrison Maps: Topanga State Park Trail Map

Santa Ynez Canyon Falls Is A 25-Foot Cataract Within Topanga State Park. The Waterfall Pours Out Of A Channel In The Sandstone Rock Into A Pool. The Falls Is Tucked Into A Narrow, Steep-Walled Branch Of The Main Canyon In A Peaceful Grotto Surrounded By Mossy Sandstone Cliffs And Fern-Lined Pools.

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The Trail To The Falls Winds Through The Natural Sanctuary On The Forested Floor Of Santa Ynez Canyon. Along The Way Are A Series Of Stream Crossings, Magnificent Sandstone Formations, And Lush Riparian Vegetation.

To The Trailhead

From Santa Monica, Drive 3 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Sunset Boulevard. Turn Right And Drive 0.4 Miles To Palisades Drive. Turn Left And Continue 2.4 Miles To Vereda De La Montura On The Left. Turn Left And Park At The End Of The Road 0.1 Mile Ahead.

The Hike

Pass The Trailhead Gate And Descend Steps To Santa Ynez Creek. Follow The East Bank Of The Creek Under The Shade Of Sycamore And Oak Trees. Cross Stepping Stones Over A Side Stream And Continue Up Canyon. Cross The Seasonal Creek Four Consecutive Times Under A Canopy Of Sycamores, Passing Sandstone Formations With Caves. After The Fourth Crossing Is A Trail Split At Quarry Canyon, Named For An Abandoned Limestone Quarry. Stay To The Left, Crossing To The West Side Of The Creek And A Posted Trail Split At A Half Mile.

The Left Fork Leads 1.5 Miles To Trippet Ranch (Hike 83).

Bear Right On The Waterfall Trail, And Cross To The East Side Of The Creek. Follow The Watercourse, Crossing Four More Times As The Steep-Walled Canyon Tightly Narrows. Work Your Way Up The Canyon, Passing A Jumble Of Boulders, Cave-Pocked Sandstone Formations, And Ledges. Boulder-Hop Up The Fern-Lined Rock Grotto To The Waterfall At The End Of The Box Canyon. Just Before Reaching The Falls, A Path On The Right Climbs The East Canyon Wall To An Overlook Of The Canyon.

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